Dating postcards backs

21-Jul-2015 22:00

White Border (1915-1930) During this period, cards were printed with a border around the picture, to save ink.

Quality during this era was often not up to the earlier standards.

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For collectors of vintage postcards, old postcards and the antique postcard.

There are many postcards that reproduce photos by various printing methods that are NOT real photos..same methods used when reproducing photos in magazines and newspapers.

The best way to tell the difference is to look at the postcard with a magnifying glass.

If the photo is printed, you will see that it is made up of a lot of little dots, the same as a photo printed in a newspaper. Most real photo postcards have identifying marks on the back, usually in the stampbox corner, that identifies the manufacturer of the photographic paper.

They are generally the same size as standard vintage postcards (3-1/2" x 5-1/2").There is some confusion on what Real Photo postcards are and how to identify them.